Walking away from Moonstone Beach in the late afternoon, I look to the east, to my right. Looking upward in the wires, I look to check for fishing lines and a lure. They are there, always different, but always there from someone's errant cast.
This is Card's Pond. This is on the small pedestrian causeway that allows access to Moonstone Beach. It is always calm and serene due to its protection from almost all winds.
Cards Pond is a transitional life metaphor. It's that place that we do not our destination but serves as a transition point that sets our attitudes. We go to the beach with anticipation of a pleasant experience. We leave having had that experience. Somehow, this serene image is what anchors our attitudes hours and days later.
Serenity and peace of mind are the u
I took a photo of a garden gnome in West Kingston, RI only to find out that it has become a symbol of a contemporary issue. Yes, a symbol or victim of my other profession of maritime transit. Recently (as of April 2021), there was a ship that blocked the Suez Canal in the Middle East.
The ship that blocked the Suez Canal is free now. Well, the ship is under arrest (one arrests the personality of a ship under Admiralty Law). There will be many issues to settle including the issue of "General Average".
But as a result of this global trade "hiccup", there is now a global shortage of garden gnomes. You can read more here: Gnome shortage: Lockdown and Suez canal blockage blamed - BBC News
So, protect and appreciate your gnomes. They may become sought after commodities.
"The older I grow the more do I love spring and spring flowers. Is it so with you?" ~ Emily Dickinson
Blossoming Pink (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Blossoming PinkPink flowers in spring
The sun's descent is a little bit later in April. Its special light gives soft illumination to the changes that April brings. Changes that we have awaited with tense patience since the end of winter.
We wait, watch, and anticipate as we watch our favorite plantings. Passing a favored bush, we check for the potential of buds daily. Then they appear. It's not overnight. The perception is that the slow progress may not be happening, but it is. And then, the glorious color of pink appears. It is here. In the soft afternoon light, the harbinger of true spring i
“Spring: A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.”
Pink Flowers In Fluffy Hail (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Pink Flowers In Fluffy HailFlowing bush in rain and snow
The flowers bloom and then fluffy hail falls from the Rhode Island sky. What is "fluffy hail", you ask? I see that hand at the back of the room. "Fluffy hail" falls from the sky like the snow of winter, but one is so looking forward to spring that they enter a denial.
So these flowers are not covered in melting snow in April. This is melting fluffy hail. The denial embraced in full. The beauty is not diminished.
Pink Flowers In Snow (Select the photo to see in a larger format
Pink Flowers In SnowFlowering bush in rain and snow
Allen Harbor Scallop Shell (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Allen Harbor Scallop ShellScallop shell in bluestone
Scallop shell in bluestone
There is a reason why I make certain distinctions. I realize that the waterfront is on the shoreline. But, there is something distinctive about the waterfront. The connotation of waterfront, if not denotation, is something akin to a utility. Related to utility is work. The waterfront is where things happen.
This work and utility thoughts lead us to a scallop shell cast among bluestone or Belgian Stone. The stone is the edging brought in to stabilize the soil near docks and piers. The scallop shell is the remnant of work (and someone's tasty meal). It's not on the beach and it's not on the shoreline per se. No.
"Behind the clouds, the sun is still shining..."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
"The Rainy Day", Stanza Three, Line Two
Awe Over Narragansett Bay (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Awe Over Narragansett BaySpringtime clouds above Narragansett Bay refracting the sun
When photographing Narragansett Bay, I have made it a practice not to be operating a boat myself. This view is why. I love operating boats and I have a reputation as a seaman, but this is a different function. While photographing, I utilize the same powers of observation used in vessel operation. Then I allow myself to add in a sense of awe.
Here we have a couple of examples. I looked up. The weather was on the cusp of being beautiful or going completely upside down. The resu
Fishing Vessel Aces High Port-Bow View (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Fishing Vessel Aces High Port-Bow ViewF/V Aces High alongside a Galilee pier in the early evening. Port-bow view.
F/V Aces High alongside a Galilee pier in the early evening. Port-bow view.
The sun turns milky in appearance as a light fog settles in the atmosphere. A fishing vessel settles in for the night. Dockside activity starts in a few hours under lights, but for now, activity has settled.
The vessel shows graceful curves in this port-bow view. The sheer sweeps from stem to stern in a beautiful sweep. Even at rest, the vessel's flared bow seems ready to throw water aside.
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There is a rapture on the lonely shore. ~ Lord Byron
Narragansett Bay From Spinks Neck Beach (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Narragansett Bay From Spinks Neck BeachViewing north on Narragansett Bay from Spinks Neck Beach in North Kingstown
Viewing north on Narragansett Bay from Spinks Neck Beach in North Kingstown
Standing on the point at Spinks Neck Beach, viewing to the north at the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. There are landmarks galore. Calf Pasture Point, Warwick Neck, Patience, and Prudence Islands.
But what frames the scene are the rocks of the point and the clouds above. The clouds flow as markers of the rivers of wind in the spring air. Soon, the tide will change and that wind will face the tide, churning up chop on the water. This is the natu
Fishhouse On Pier In Galilee (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Fishhouse On Pier In GalileeFishhouse on the pier in Galilee in the light of a late-day fog-covered sun
Fishhouse on the pier in Galilee in the light of a late-day fog-covered sun
A simple natural shingled structure of typical New England architecture. The Fishhouse serves an important function in waterfront life. This is the interface of the work onshore and the work at sea.
These simple buildings serve as the staging area of the "maritime adventure". "Maritime adventure" being an Admiralty Law and Marine Insurance term with ancient origins. This is where ice and supplies board the vessel.
The fish house is also where the lumpers will unload the fish for sale and auction
Bow View Alongside Pier (Select the photo to see in a larger format)
Bow View Alongside PierF/V Heather Lynn at the pier in Galilee
Walking down a pier, a certain respect for a vessel comes over me. I like to observe the lines of the vessel. I assess the condition of the vessel out of reflex. Thoughts of the maintenance, types of power, the thickness of the plate all come to mind. A marine surveyor brought me up (and I became one myself) after all. The automatic analysis never left me.
That marine surveyor-like analysis taught me one thing years later. That is, that there are certain owners who love their vessels. The respect for these vessels shows every time. I try to treat the observance of the vessels with the same respect.
Profile View Alongside Pier (Select th